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post #1 of 28 Old 9th October 2006, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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Two pictures from my first track day

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WHERE CAN I DO THIS IN IL???

Dumb question - why the blue tapes on cars at the track? dings from the elements?

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Dumb question - why the blue tapes on cars at the track? dings from the elements?
Not sure where in Illinois - I would look for a local SCCA chapter or the like.

The blue tape on the car is painters tape. Easy to put on and take off and saves you from dings from rocks thrown up. Lots of high horsepower cars+sticky tires from working hard+high speed equals rocks being thrown up.

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For those who are wondering, here are some more details about the event. We ran at Firebird Intl' Raceway on their main track. It is 1.6 miles long with 13 turns. The main straightaway is 5/8 of a mile long - you can build up ALOT of speed in that 5/8 of a mile. Coming to the braking cones I was at 120-125. From there it was into a hard left that continued to bleed off, then back into another hard left. A total blast. Definetely gave my car and tires a good workout.

Before I went out I had Dave Z send me HT10 Track pads, Motul 600 fluid and stainless lines. For anyone that is planning on tracking your car this is a MUST do. Even with the upgrades (my rotors were nominal however, I will order floating euro rotors tommorow) the car needed all the brakes it had. I would not even consider running the car without working on the brakes first. The Hawk HT10's worked amazingly well, they really grab when they get hot. Off of the main straight I was going from 125 to about 25 in a few hundred feet. It definetely comes up fast.

To anyone who wants to have one of the best experiences they can I say go do it. I can already tell that this is a very addictive habit. I can pretty much guarantee that I will be dreaming of steering hard through chicanes tonight and hitting that strait and going all out.

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The blue tape on the car is painters tape. Easy to put on and take off and saves you from dings from rocks thrown up. Lots of high horsepower cars+sticky tires from working hard+high speed equals rocks being thrown up.
You dont need to worry about this as long as you stay in front of the pack

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The problem I had at California Speedway this last weekend was that after being at the front of the pack for 1 lap, I closed the gap on the back of the pack! It was my first track experience and went for the "Car Control Clinic". Watch for full writeup and pics shortly...

I was wondering about the tape too. Some people had it, some didn't, but it wasn't required. When I took my motorcycle out a few years back on Willow Springs, they insisted on tape to keep from having broken glass and broken plastic on the course.

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WHERE CAN I DO THIS IN IL???
There are two tracks that I know of in Illinois, Blackhawk Fams (www.blackhawkfarms.com) and Autobahn Country Club (www.autobahncountryclub.net).

What I would advise is that you join BMWCCA and then attend some of their driving schools which are held during the summer at various different racetracks. I drive with Bagdger Bimmers (www.badgerbimmers.org), NASA (www.nasamidwest.com) and Midwest F-Body Association (roadamerica.fbody.us). There is a MFBA event this coming weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI(www.roadamerica.com). If you want to come up I am willing to give you a ride on the track in My M Roadster. There are other board members who drive with F-Body too, Anita is usually there.

The track season is almost finished in the Midwest, so you might be Out of luck until next year. You might be able to get into the NASA event at RA later this month, but that's the only event I am aware of remaining this year.

PM me if you are interested in coming to RA this weekend and I'll give you my cellphone number.


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The problem I had at California Speedway this last weekend was that after being at the front of the pack for 1 lap, I closed the gap on the back of the pack! It was my first track experience and went for the "Car Control Clinic". Watch for full writeup and pics shortly...

I was wondering about the tape too. Some people had it, some didn't, but it wasn't required. When I took my motorcycle out a few years back on Willow Springs, they insisted on tape to keep from having broken glass and broken plastic on the course.
Hello Mark,
It was great to meet you! Nice car you have there!!

I was one of the ones that taped up the front of my car. (Not too many people did this.) I just did it to protect the front of the car from any impacts that obviously would do more damage at the higher speeds we were running. Did I need to bother? We'll never know! But I didn't notice any damage on cars that didn't do it.

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